Who Needs Pain-free Knees? I Do!

On the left is a picture of a healthy knee. Looks complicated, doesn’t it? All that soft, easily damaged tissue holding everything in place. Words like ligament and tendon–when I mentioned meniscus, my husband said, “Aren’t we growing some of those out back?” I shook my head. “No, those are hibiscus.” On the right, there’s another picture, one indicating where pain might be located if a person, like me, may have screwed up that previously healthy and pain-free knee.

Are you a walker? I am. In fact, it’s my sole form of exercise … or was until I did something foolish and hurt my left knee. Have you ever carried as many bags as you can to save yourself one more trip out to the car? Well, that’s what I did a week ago when I had bags of groceries to carry up the stairs of our split-level house. I was on the second step, when my knee twisted. Luckily, I was able to throw myself against the railing, earning myself a couple of scrapes and bruises, and only went backwards down one step. Unfortunately, I landed on the bag containing the eggs, but that’s a messy story for another time.

The knee popped and hurt like the dickens, but it seemed okay. Little did I know that this was the prelude to great pain.

I finished doing what I had to do, making more trips since I wasn’t going to do that again–this will end up in a book, I’m sure. As the day wore on, the knee got sorer and sorer. There was a slight swelling at the back and side, but seriously, I didn’t fall, so why was it hurting so much? By the time I was ready for bed, I couldn’t put any weight on it at all. Knowing the wait at the E R is up to sixteen hours long thanks to severe staff shortages, going there wasn’t an option, but telemedicine, the way things are done now, was.

The answer is in the diagram. Arthritis, my enemy. I suffer from a form of arthritis that moves around my body, usually settling in my right wrist, but occasionally, it finds a weak joint elsewhere to visit. By twisting my knee, I aggravated the arthritis in that joint–not for the first time, I might add, but more severely than usual. I haven’t torn anything, but I’ve stretched the meniscus and the collateral tendon.

So, what do I do? The answer seems simple enough. RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. For four to six weeks! There go long walks on warm summer evenings, climbing in and out of my sister’s above ground pool, and anything else that requires me to be on my feet. My new summer wardrobe includes a nifty knee brace for pain and support for those frequent time I can’t stay off it, and a cane–a lovely, stylish, pink floral creation.

So, with my limited mobility and that in mind and body, I’m focusing on my writing and started my book for the next Cute But Crazy box set. My book is called Pumpkin Spice and will feature the recipe for a Pumpkin Spice drink, perfect for the fall and Halloween season, along with a cast of eclectic characters including a ghost who may be a parrot, a few interesting cats, ghost hunters looking for treasure, not ghosts, and a swoon-worthy hero. He’s a doctor. Who doesn’t like a doctor? If you haven’t picked up the other four box sets, you should do so today. After the week I’ve had, and the ones coming up, I know I can use a good laugh.

See you in August!


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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

3 Replies to “Who Needs Pain-free Knees? I Do!”

  1. I’m so sorry you hurt yourself, Susanne, but it sounds exactly like what my sister did in the past. Although you might not want to follow the doctor’s order, please do so. My sister didn’t and she damaged her knee worse and made the healing take a lot longer… fact is… it’s never completely healed. So take care and be good to yourself.
    xo Mimi

  2. Oh, no! I hope you heal very quickly. Walking is the only exercise I get, too. I have one knee that’s kind of iffy. I feel a twinge of pain periodically. Getting older isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure!

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